James M. Davis1
Davis married Mrs. Mac Davis.
First, I am no longer “Mac' Davis. I have been 'Jim Davis' since my shipboard days of 1959-62. It was much easier to answer to 'Jim' (James) than explain the origin of 'Mac'. So family and '55' class members are the only folks who still call me “Mac'. I answer to both.
I was graduated from Shepherd College in 1959 with a BS in Business Administration and commissioned an Ensign in the Navy later that year. Mary Jane Small of Martinsburg and I were married on Christmas Day of the same year. We were stationed in Newport, Rhode Island while I served aboard the USS Cascade (AD-16). Our daughter Anne Elizabeth was born there shortly before we moved to the Naval Air Station at Pensacola, Florida. I resigned my commission in early 1964 and the family moved to Charles Town, West Virginia where I began a thirty-three year stint as Secretary and Treasurer and General Manager of Supertane Gas Corporation.
During our thirty-eight years in the Charles Town area Jane taught elementary school while I ran the company and together we restored our 1834 farm house of fourteen rooms. During that period I served as President of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, President of the Jefferson County Development Authority, Director and Chairman of the Board of Peoples Bank of Charles Town and director of BancOne's West Virginia affiliate in Charleston. West Virginia.
After gaining a forty-eight percent interest in the company we sold it's assets in March of 1997 to a NYSE company. Little did I know that I was about to take on an even more demanding job as President of the Shepherd University Foundation. I served two four year terms and turned the office and responsibilities over to far more qualified person in 2006. I then assumed the Vice-Presidency and Chair of the Investment Committee. I have always enjoyed raising funds for worthy causes and have recently joined the board of the Shepherdstown Day Care Center. My other passion is community banking. I have just completed five years as a director and corporate Secretary of Jefferson Security Bank which operated in Maryland and West Virginia.
While we no longer live on the farm, we continue do enjoy the community in which we chose to resettle. Our daughter, son-in-law and their children live just ten miles from us and we spend somewhat of our time between Shepherdstown and Mercersburg where David McKinley Strider (grandson #1) is a senior and Joseph Edward Strider (grandson #2) is a sophomore. Both are Distinguished Scholars and pretty fine athletes.
All and all, life after HHS graduation has fulfilled our modest ambitions.
Mac Davis '55'
We missed the 50th reunions to drive to Ann Arbor, Michigan to take charge of our fifth Old English Sheepdog. Camilla-Princess of Fern Bank is our constant companion and best animal friend.